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You couldn′t really tell about Mama′s brain just from looking at her, but it was obvious as soon as she spoke. She had a high voice, like a little girl′s, and she only knew twenty-three words. I know this for a fact, because we kept a list of the things Mama said tacked to the inside of the kitchen cabinet. Most of the words were common ones, like good and more and hot, but there was one word only my mother said, soof.

Although she lives an unconventional lifestyle with her mentally disabled mother and their doting neighbor, Bernadette, Heidi has a lucky streak that has a way of pointing her in the right direction. When a mysterious word in her mother′s vocabulary begins to haunt her, Heidi′s thirst for the truth leads her on a cross-country journey in search of the secrets of her past.

A dramatic tour de force by the best-selling author of Regular Guy.

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"Heidi It has gotten to be 12 years old without knowing any but the sketchiest information about her background: her mentally disabled mother, who insists her name is So Be It, showed up with the week-old Heidi on their neighbor Bernadette's doorstep seemingly out of the clear blue sky, and Bernadette, who is severely agoraphobic but also bookish and generous, has been looking out for Heidi and Mama ever since. Somehow Heidi and Mama never get billed for rent or utilities, and besides, Heidi has an almost magical ability to play slot machines, which, in their native Reno, can be found even in the local Sudsy Duds laundromat. But as the novel opens, Heidi has begun to chafe — she is no longer willing to live with Bernadette's complacency about the mysterious past ('What happened before [I met you] doesn't matter,' Bernadette tells Heidi. 'It's just something to be grateful for') and Heidi is determined to find out what Mama means by the strange word 'soof.' When Heidi uncovers an old camera with a roll of undeveloped film, a host of clues to her identity send her on a solo cross-country bus trip to confront people who not only do not expect her but have taken pains to insulate themselves from her existence. Suspension of belief is beside the point: readers will probably respond to Heidi's voice and determination, get caught up in the mystery and feel wiser for the mild tear-jerker ending. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

You couldn't really tell about Mama's brain just from looking at her, but it was obvious as soon as she spoke. She had a high voice, like a little girl's, and she only knew twenty-three words. I know this for a fact, because we kept a list of the things Mama said tacked to the inside of the kitchen cabinet. Most of the words were common ones, like good and more and hot, but there was one word only my mother said, soof.

Although she lives an unconventional lifestyle with her mentally disabled mother and their doting neighbor, Bernadette, Heidi has a lucky streak that has a way of pointing her in the right direction. When a mysterious word in her mother's vocabulary begins to haunt her, Heidi's thirst for the truth leads her on a cross-country journey in search of the secrets of her past.

A dramatic tour de force by the best-selling author of Regular Guy.

About the Author

Sarah Weeks is a singer, songwriter, and children?s book author. She has been writing and performing in New York for more than twenty years and has garnered numerous theater and recording credits, as well as writing more than thirty picture books and middle grade novels. These include the popular middle grade Guy series, Regular Guy, Guy Time, Guy Wire and My Guy, which will soon be a feature film by Disney. Ms. Weeks enjoys visiting schools and libraries throughout the country, where she reads from her books, sings her songs, and talks to children about writing. She currently lives in New York City with her two sons.

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writermala, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
This is listed as a book for Young Adults in Middle School, but I as an adult loved it. The pathos, and sensitivity that the main characters, Heidi and Bernie, display are just incredible.

This story is about Heidi and her quest for an identity but it also tells the story of Heidi's mother who has "A bum brain."

The author has delved into a twelve year old girl's mind and written it from her perspective. Middle Schoolers are sure to love this book wanting in equal measure to read on and find out what happens, and save the book so that they will be able to keep on reading.

A must buy for every young person on your birthday or Christmas list:-)
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jlwallen, April 3, 2008 (view all comments by jlwallen)
This was a very entertaining book and just the right size for an enjoyable evening. It draws from me many emotions and left me with thoughts on its topic matter for many nights now. The book is written from the perspective of an adolescent, but by and adult which was done in an excellent manner. The book was probably wrote to engage youths in a ‘not so normal’ topic but adults can also learn from this book and probably think about it far longer than the group it was written for. If it was wrote for an adolescent girl, and 60 year old grandpa really liked it you can be sure it’s a good one for every one!
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Rayne Reader, May 5, 2007 (view all comments by Rayne Reader)
Written from the viewpoint of a 12 year old who is home bound with a mother and an agorapobic neighbor, I cried when she cried, felt frustrated when she was frustrated and scared as Heidi travelled across country by bus. What is so fascinating about this book is the mother, So B It, has a mental disability and a limited vocabulary. One word and an old photgraph fascinates Heidi leading her to meet people and visit places that provide surprising experiences. So what does So B It and Soof stand for?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780066236223
Author:
Weeks, Sarah
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Author:
by Sarah Weeks
Subject:
General
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20040427
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.72x5.82x.90 in. .91 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Heidi It has gotten to be 12 years old without knowing any but the sketchiest information about her background: her mentally disabled mother, who insists her name is So Be It, showed up with the week-old Heidi on their neighbor Bernadette's doorstep seemingly out of the clear blue sky, and Bernadette, who is severely agoraphobic but also bookish and generous, has been looking out for Heidi and Mama ever since. Somehow Heidi and Mama never get billed for rent or utilities, and besides, Heidi has an almost magical ability to play slot machines, which, in their native Reno, can be found even in the local Sudsy Duds laundromat. But as the novel opens, Heidi has begun to chafe — she is no longer willing to live with Bernadette's complacency about the mysterious past ('What happened before [I met you] doesn't matter,' Bernadette tells Heidi. 'It's just something to be grateful for') and Heidi is determined to find out what Mama means by the strange word 'soof.' When Heidi uncovers an old camera with a roll of undeveloped film, a host of clues to her identity send her on a solo cross-country bus trip to confront people who not only do not expect her but have taken pains to insulate themselves from her existence. Suspension of belief is beside the point: readers will probably respond to Heidi's voice and determination, get caught up in the mystery and feel wiser for the mild tear-jerker ending. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , You couldn't really tell about Mama's brain just from looking at her, but it was obvious as soon as she spoke. She had a high voice, like a little girl's, and she only knew twenty-three words. I know this for a fact, because we kept a list of the things Mama said tacked to the inside of the kitchen cabinet. Most of the words were common ones, like good and more and hot, but there was one word only my mother said, soof.

Although she lives an unconventional lifestyle with her mentally disabled mother and their doting neighbor, Bernadette, Heidi has a lucky streak that has a way of pointing her in the right direction. When a mysterious word in her mother's vocabulary begins to haunt her, Heidi's thirst for the truth leads her on a cross-country journey in search of the secrets of her past.

A dramatic tour de force by the best-selling author of Regular Guy.

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